Mountain bikers rely on chain lube to perform a number of vital functions, and optimizing one often means trading off another. For example, a quiet lube might tend to pick up a lot of dirt, while an inexpensive product might not provide great protection.
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If its reducing wear all the stuff will fall under it.
Agreed killer climb
If you’re looking for how to improve current lubes, my vote is for them to last longer.
Chain lube should not interfere with shifting performance.
All of these factors are important, and minimizing the tradeoffs is the holy grail. I really doubt anyone cares about only one or even two of these factors. The best lube out there minimizes the tradeoffs without costing and arm and a leg. It lasts long, greatly reduces wear, keeps your chain clean because it isn’t sticky AF and any residue wipes off easily with a rag, keeps things from rusting, and keeps friction to a minimum even in very cold temperatures.
I guess for me it would have to be that it’s biodegradable. After that it needs to keep the chain clean, so therefore a wax-based lubricant.
Doesn’t collect dust.